The Associate of Applied Science in Process Technology (PTEC) program is a selective admissions program. It is a five (5) semester, sixty (60) credit hour program that addresses a high-demand field. It prepares individuals to become refinery, chemical, petroleum, mineral processing, and pharmaceutical industry operators, and other industry related operators. It is a rigorous study of the common operating processes found in industrial plants that will prepare students for high skill, high wage jobs needed in the manufacturing industry. Upon graduation from the program, the graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Process Technology, a Process Technology Technical Degree, a Certificate of Technical Studies, and a Tools Certificate Program (SNAP ON) Mastery of Tools. Students are prepared to enter the employment market as entry-level process operators for a specialty career in a strong job market.

The primary responsibilities of a Process Technician include:

  • Oversee plant operations.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot operating equipment.
  • Load and unload trucks and railcars.
  • Perform general housekeeping.
  • Ensure plant adheres to safety and environmental rules.
  • Conceptualize, design, and implement plant improvement projects'
  • Identify process deviations and perform root cause/corrective action.
  • Conduct area inspections and audits.
  • Perform calibration check of scale accuracy at the beginning of each work shift.
  • Control and operate equipment such as loaders, drills, tractors, trucks, crushers, excavators, fork lifts, bulldozers and cranes.
  • Handle material and cargo.
  • Perform preventive and routine maintenance.
  • Use scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Observe gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Replenish inventory as needed.
  • Hire, train, and supervise employees.
  • Devise schedules and shifts.


Associate of Applied Science in Process Technology

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) has an open- door policy. For more information, visit www.mybrcc. edu, select “New Students” then “Apply Now.” Upon admission, a student may register for courses according to the published registration dates.

The schedule below is an example of a first semester student who does not require remedial courses. (Applicants must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and grade of “C” or better in all credit hours used towards the degree.

MATH 101/110

College Algebra


ENGL 101

English Composition I


PTEC 101

Introduction to Process Technology


PTEC 203

Safety, Health, and Environment


Choose one:

CSCI 101

Introduction to Computers


CSCI 190

Microcomputer Applications in Business


Total Prerequisite Hours



According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medium annual wage for process operators in Louisiana is $72,420. 

Career Opportunities

  • Process operator

  • Supervisor

  • Material coordinator

  • Operation planner

  • Product Quality Inspectors